I Was a Hippie

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

Perhaps I could make a lot of money by founding a Thinker’s Anonymous organization. It surely isrepparttar rage to eschew thinking.

Helping people achieve great things is worthwhile to your SELF.

If you do not know your SELF you will hurt those you try to make do what you want them to. This macho control mechanism built into materialistic society is exemplified by professionals and experts who are giving drugs to manage 'money-trees' (students and Ritalin or old people and ECT especially) and managing bureaucracies or saying they are 'just' as they lead us to in-'just'-ice: 1. War 2. Religion and divisive ethnic ideologies - rather than ecumenical spiritual goals 3. Hate for others and putting women in a second class status 4. Insisting on education to make others BE like them 5. Pursuit of power rather than LOVE and creativity

It is summed up inrepparttar 140669 words ofrepparttar 140670 noted journal The Economist in their millennium issue - they call what we have 'an inhumane bureaucracy' as they enumeraterepparttar 140671 outcome ofrepparttar 140672 Napoleonic War's institution of 'standing armies'.

Wholism is spiritual & ass-'holes' are not. Holism is not Wholism!

This is a response to a person who wantedrepparttar 140673 nuts and bolts of what I said in a detailed expose of Wholistic approaches that are in variance torepparttar 140674 way of many social programs and our overall bureaucracy. It is probably part ofrepparttar 140675 kind of thought thatrepparttar 140676 Beat Generation, Hippies and Goths or other drop-outs that ‘turn-on’ to new paradigms and alternatives, have been seeing sincerepparttar 140677 dawn of civilization.

"Natures Fireworks" - A Guide to OPAL - Pt 1 Myths, Legends and Folklore

Written by Stuart Bazga

This 7 part series has been written forrepparttar novice opal collector or admirer who has little or no knowledge about opal.

It is hoped that by readingrepparttar 140540 information contained within, you will have a better understanding of where opal comes from, how it is mined, andrepparttar 140541 value and various types of opal available torepparttar 140542 collector, investor, or those who just want a better understanding of these fascinating stones.

There are over 100 different types of opal being mined aroundrepparttar 140543 world, with each type being unique torepparttar 140544 area it came from and no two opals alike. I have attempted to includerepparttar 140545 most common types available to you as a buyer.

In this 7 part series, we will cover subjects ranging from,repparttar 140546 myths, legends and folklore surrounding opal, were opal is mined aroundrepparttar 140547 world andrepparttar 140548 discovery of opal in Australia. Our topics will also include how opal is mined, processed and cut as well asrepparttar 140549 different types of opal. Lastly we cover caring for your opals and how an opals is valued.

Pt1 - Myths, Legends and Folklore

Opal has been treasured throughout history fromrepparttar 140550 early Aztecs and Romans to Queen Victoria, who loved opals so much that she gave them away as wedding presents. They have adornedrepparttar 140551 crowns ofrepparttar 140552 Holy Roman Emperor, and are set inrepparttar 140553 crown jewels of France. Josephine was given an opal with brilliant red flashes called “The Burning of Troy” by Napoleon. Roman historian Pliny describedrepparttar 140554 beauty of opals asrepparttar 140555 combination ofrepparttar 140556 beauty of all gems.

“Natures Fireworks” and “The Queen of Gems” are some ofrepparttar 140557 superlatives that have been used to describe opal. The word itself – “opal” – may have several origins and differing suggestions as to its first use: One is that it comes from a Sanskrit word “upala,” simply meaning “precious stone.” Another is thatrepparttar 140558 Romans knew it by different names – “opthalmus,” fromrepparttar 140559 Greek word for “eye,” and “paederes,” meaning both “child and “favourite.” Whateverrepparttar 140560 actual name origin; opal has been a favoured, valued stone throughout a long period of history.

The Australian Aboriginals believe that they have lived in Australia sincerepparttar 140561 Dreamtime,repparttar 140562 beginning of all creation. Over time, their culture has produced a rich variety of mythologies in hundreds of different languages. Torepparttar 140563 Aborigines, opals, like other minerals, have a spiritual value because they represent something a Dreaming ancestor left behind as a sign of their presence. The aboriginal Wangkumara tribe recount a legend of how their people gained fire from opal stones, withrepparttar 140564 assistance of a Muda – a creator who switches from human form to pelican:

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